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This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

How the fund is making a difference

Since the launch we have received an overwhelming response, with more than 5,000 applications from small charities, totalling more than £39 million.

We've paid grants to over 500 charitable organisations across the UK, totalling more than £2.9 million. In addition to an initial £5 million made available by CAF, contributions from private individuals, trusts and businesses have added another £1 million to the fund.

We've also been working with 360Giving to publish information about the grants paid from fund.

The fund is currently paused. But you can find a list of other sources of funding on our Covid-19 page for charities. If you're looking for funding at the moment also take a look at our top tips for writing a funding application video

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About this Fund

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.   

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and we aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application. Due to the high numbers of applicants it is unfortunately likely that we will not be able to offer a grant to all eligible applicants.

Who can apply?

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, eg Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others 
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

Applications for this round of funding are now paused

We have already received requests for over £39 million of support and are assessing these as quickly and as fairly as possible. Organisations that have already applied will receive email notifications as soon as their decisions are confirmed. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to email requests for support.

Q: Why are you pausing it now? Why haven’t you said this before?

A: The need for this fund is greater than anyone expected. We want to help as many organisations as possible, but we want to be fair and not take up people’s time applying to a fund which is already heavily oversubscribed.

Q: You say paused. When will you reopen?

A: We hope to expand the fund and will reopen as and when we have additional money which we can grant to organisations. Keep an eye on our social channels and we’ll let people know.

Q: Do you know of any other sources of funding and support?

A: There are many other sources of funding available at this time. We've compiled a list of these on our Coronavirus hub page. Also take a look at our video on how to write a great grant application.

How much can you apply for?

Organisations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or your Covid-19 emergency response activities.

It is possible that not all grants will be made at the full amount. Please apply for an amount that will make a suitable difference to the size and activities of your organisation.

What can you apply for?

You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.  You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community.  

Please make only one application. Multiple applications will slow the process down and only one grant is possible for any organisation.

Please remember that this is intended as an emergency fund to enable your charitable activities to continue at the moment in whatever way is needed; it is not designed to replace other lost income in the longer term.

What we cannot fund

There are a small number of exclusions to the fund.

We will certainly not be able to fund:

  • Individuals, or groups of individuals who have come together recently to provide informal support services to their communities
  • Any organisation more than once. Please ensure that only one application is submitted from your organisation.

Plus, organisations that:

  • Use the funds to make grants or financial donations to other organisations or to individuals
  • Discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other unlawful basis
  • Are religious charities whose activities only promote the furtherance of their religion or only benefit their own religious members
  • Are political parties or campaigns.

How will we prioritise grants?

We anticipate that there will be a high level of requests for support now and in the weeks ahead. We will do our best to manage this proactively and provide a rapid response to organisations which need support. However, we are going to have to prioritise grants, and we may need to focus on:

  • Charities, and other organisations, whose established charitable activities are at risk of being severely reduced to the detriment of vulnerable groups
  • Organisations that are having to deliver core services in fundamentally different or unusual ways in order to respond to the crisis and still reach their beneficiaries
  • Organisations that are deeply embedded  with communities and have established networks to deliver their charitable activities
  • Organisations experiencing current cashflow problems, rather than concerns that future income will be reduced.

How will we make decisions?

The information you provide will be used by us to confirm that your organisation is eligible for funding, that your activities are charitable and suitable for the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund. We will carefully but swiftly review the answers in your application form, check your website/social links and publicly available records. 

Unfortunately, we anticipate that there will be a large number of eligible organisations which we cannot fund. There are a number of other Covid-19 response funds being established throughout the UK for various purposes, and we will endeavour to signpost to other funds where possible.


We intend this to be a rapid response fund and have set systems in place to be able to review applications on a continuing basis. We will email you to let you know whether we can offer a grant or not as swiftly as possible.

If your organisation is not a registered charity, it is possible that we will need to make further checks on your organisation, and if so, it may take slightly longer.

We aim for grants to be paid to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

What else do we need to know before we apply?

You can help us make swift decisions and payments by:

  • Brief, succinct and detailed answers. Short sentences and bullet points are useful.
  • Only apply for  funds so that your organisation’s charitable activities can continue at the moment, and you have a realistic plan in place to achieve this.
  • Only apply for funds if last year’s financial accounts prove that your turnover was less than £1million, and those accounts are publicly available.
  • Do not apply if you are an individual, or a group of individuals which has come together to support community activities but without an organisational constitution.
  • Ensure that the bank details you upload are clear and contain the information required.
  • Ensure your contact details are correctly entered.

For approved organisations, we will contact you again in approximately 6 months. We would like to find out how the grant has helped your organisation and broadly what it was spent on.

How we will use your data

If you apply for this grant programme, you will be directed to our carefully selected service provider (Blackbaud). Please refer to CAF’s Privacy Policy for more information on how your data will be used.